Thursday, June 29, 2017

Library Systems Report 2017 : Competing visions for technology, openness, and workflow..

Library Systems Report 2017 : Competing visions for technology, openness, and workflow..
By Marshall Breeding 

The library technology industry has entered a new phase: business consolidation and technology innovation. Development of products and services to support the increasingly complex work of libraries remains in an ever-decreasing number of hands. Not only have technology-focused companies consolidated themselves, they have become subsumed within higher-level organizations with broad portfolios of diverse business activities. The survivors of this transformed industry now bear responsibility to deliver innovation from their amassed capacity. Modern web-based systems delivering traditional library automation and discovery capabilities are now merely table stakes. Real progress depends on building out these platforms to support the new areas of service emerging within each type of library.

Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Brewster Kahle

Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Brewster Kahle

Today, people get their information online — often filtered through for-profit platforms. If a book isn’t online, it’s as if it doesn’t exist. Yet much of modern knowledge still exists only on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries haven’t met this digital demand, stymied by costs, e-book restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure. We now have the technology and legal frameworks to transform our library system by 2020

By 2020, we can build a collaborative digital library collection and circulation system in which thousands of libraries unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, enabling free, long-term, public access to knowledge.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017



National Library of Nigeria in collaboration with Library and You has embarked on a Social Media Library Awareness and Sensitization Program. 

The Social Media Library Awareness and Sensitization Program has been circumspectly designed by National Library of Nigeria and Library and You to educate Nigerians on the indispensable roles of libraries and librarians to our national development.

The maiden edition of SM-LASP has been scheduled to hold on 22nd April 2017 by 7pm on Twitter.



- Prof. Lenrie O. Aina (National Librarian/ CEO, National Library of Nigeria) @lenrieaina

- Dr. Nkem Osuigwe (Director, Nigerian Book Foundation) @librarian_nkem

- Mr. Wale Micaiah (SDGs Advocate) @walemicaiah @SDGsNGA

@Librarygovng #NationalLibraryNG @libraryandyou

Friday, April 7, 2017

IFLA’s Global Vision takes off!

IFLA’s Global Vision takes off!

The challenges facing the library field from ever-increasing globalisation can only be met and overcome by an inclusive, global response from a united library field.

IFLA’s Global Vision discussion, officially launched in Athens, is bringing together thousands of representatives of the library field worldwide to explore how a connected library field can meet the challenges of the future.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Catalogue and Index

Catalogue and Index: Periodical of the Cataloguing and Indexing Group, a Special Interest Group of CILIP, the Library and Information Association.....March 2017, Issue 186....

Issue 186 has two interrelated themes. The first theme continues our coverage of the 2016 CILIP CIG conference, with the inclusion of more conference papers. Amy Staniforth begins by outlining her work designing and delivering “beginners’ cataloguing training”, and argues why such training in sorely needed within the library and information sector. Suzanne Barbalet and Nathan Cunningham write about using classification for new and novel forms of data, and outline their pilot study which utilises UDC at the UK Data Archive. Ahava Cohen discusses multilingual, multiscript authority control, and the project to set up a multilingual and multiscript authority database in Israel. Anne Welsh discusses FRBR, BIBFRAME and relationships in cataloguing, with particular focus on the cataloguing of items as objects.

The second theme follows on from the topics of the conference: using current projects and working practices to discuss the future of cataloguing. Elly Cope describes a project which uses Google Analytics to analyse how users interact with the University of Leeds Library’s discovery layer. Diana Palmer describes a project at the Heinz Archive and Library, National Portrait Gallery, which focuses on cataloguing books about photographers. Finally, Alison Felstead writes about her career in cataloguing, taking the reader on a journey through the cataloguing past, her work as Head of Resource Description at the Bodleian Library, then through to her current role. Alison links the cataloguing past to the cataloguing future, sharing her thoughts about the future of cataloguing and the cataloguing profession. I hope you enjoy this issue of C&I.

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2017.....

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2017....


The 2017 World Water Development Report shows that improved wastewater management is as much about reducing pollution at the source, as removing contaminants from wastewater flows, reusing reclaimed water and recovering useful by-products. Together, these four actions generate social, environmental and economic benefits for all society, contributing to overall well-being and health, water and food security, and sustainable development. The cross-cutting importance of wastewater is highlighted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation, and especially Target 6.3 on halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling, and safe reuse globally.

Friday, March 24, 2017

International Days....


The United Nations General Assembly designates a number of "International Days" to mark important aspects of human life and history (the comprehensive list of all days celebrated by the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies is available here: International Days).

United Nations Specialized Agencies, including UNESCO, can also proclaim World Days. In this case, the proclamation of international days depends on their governing bodies and internal regulations only.

UNESCO thus celebrates UN International Days related to its fields of competence, in addition to the other World Days, proclaimed by the Organization's governing bodies or other institutions.

The list of official messages by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Days with which UNESCO is associated is available here.

27 January
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust ( 34 C/Resolution 61;  A/RES/60/7)
UN website

11 February
International Day of Women and Girls in Science ( A/70/474/Add.2)
UN website

13 February
World Radio Day ( 36 C/Resolution 63;   A/67/62)

21 February
International Mother Language Day ( 30 C/62;   A/RES/56/262)
UN website

8 March
International Women’s Day ( 20 C/Resolution 13.2)
UN website

20 March
International Francophonie Day (in French) (Message from the Director-General)

21 March
World Poetry Day ( 30 C/Resolution 29) ( Message from the Director-General)
UN website

21 March
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination ( 14 C/Resolution 11;   A/RES/2142 (XXI))
UN website

21 March
International Day of Nowruz ( 184 EX/SR.1-9;   A/RES/64/253) ( Message from the Director-General)
UN website

22 March
World Day for Water ( 141 EX/22;   A/RES/47/193)
UN website

6 April
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace ( 37 C/60;   A/RES/67/296)

23 April
World Book and Copyright Day ( 28 C/Resolution 3.18)
UN website

30 April
International Jazz Day ( 36 C/Resolution 39)

3 May
World Press Freedom Day ( 26 C/Resolution 4.3)
UN website

5 May
African World Heritage Day ( 38 C/68)

21 May
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development ( 166 EX/37;   A/RES/57/249) ( Message from the Director-General)
UN website

22 May
International Day for Biological Diversity ( 146 EX/32;   A/RES/49/119) ( Message from the Director-General)
UN website

25 May
Africa Day / Africa Week

5 June
World Environment Day ( 112 EX/15;   A/RES/2994 (XXVII) )
UN website

8 June
World Oceans Day ( 181 EX/4;   A/RES/63/111 )
UN website

17 June
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought ( A/RES/49/115)
UN website

18 July
Nelson Mandela International Day ( A/RES/64/13)
UN website

26 July
International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem ( 38 C/66)

9 August 
International Day of the World's Indigenous People ( 146 EX/32;   A/RES/49/214)
UN website

12 August
International Youth Day ( 159 EX/28;   A/RES/54/120)
UN website

23 August
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition ( 29 C/Resolution 40)

8 September
International Literacy Day ( 14 C/Resolution 1.441) ( Message from the Director-General)

15 September
International Day of Democracy ( A/RES/62/7) ( Message from the Director-General)
UN website

20 September
International Day of University Sport ( 38 C/Resolution 44)

21 September
International Day of Peace ( 114 EX/24;   A/RES/36/67; A/RES/55/282)
UN website

28 September
International Day for the Universal Access to Information ( 38 C/70)

5 October
World Teachers' Day ( 27 C/INF.7)
UN website

13 October
International Day for Disaster Reduction ( 134 EX/15;   A/RES/44/236; A/RES/64/200)
UN website

17 October
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty ( 28 C/Resolution 2.1;   A/RES/47/196)
UN website

20 October
World Statistics Day ( A/RES/64/267)
UN website

27 October
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage ( 33 C/Resolution 53)
UN website

2 November
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists ( A/RES/68/163)

5 November
World Day of Romani Language ( 38 C/65)

World Tsunami Awareness Day (A/RES/70/203)
UN Website

10 November
World Science Day for Peace and Development ( 31 C/Resolution 20)
UN website

Third Thursday in November
World Philosophy Day ( 33 C/Resolution 37)
UN website

16 November
International Day for Tolerance ( 28 C/Resolution 5.61;   A/RES/51/95)
UN website

25 November
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women ( 159 EX/28;   A/RES/54/134)
UN website

29 November
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People ( 114 EX/24;   A/RES/32/40B)
UN website

1 December
World AIDS Day ( 130 EX/INF.3)
UN website

3 December
International Day of Persons with Disabilities ( A/RES/47/3)
UN website

10 December
Human Rights Day ( 3 C/Resolution 14.8;   A/RES/423 (V))
UN website

18 December
International Migrants Day ( 161 EX/37;   A/RES/55/93)
UN website

18 December
World Arabic Language Day ( 190 EX/Decision 48)

Build joy into your library’s website

Build joy into your library’s website....Cathy King

It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.

So, libraries’ physical spaces already bring joy and beauty to people’s lives. I think our goal should be to make our online presences as amazing and as joyful as the in-person experiences. Web analytics can help.

Web analytics will help you spot trends and behaviors about your users so that you can make adjustments that improve their experiences. Without web analytics, on the web, these lost souls are invisible. Analytics gives us the opportunity to intercept the poor, confused people wandering around your website. To build them an experience that they find intuitive and engaging. And get them to the beautiful, joyful materials and services they need.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love. It is a place where you can see what your friends are reading and vice versa. You can create "bookshelves" to organize what you've read (or want to read). You can comment on each other's reviews. You can find your next favorite book. And on this journey with your friends you can explore new territory, gather information, and expand your mind.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NLN to Drive Global Rating of Nigerian Journals.... NLN Official News Bulletin

Prof. Aina (M) chatting with the Benue State University Librarian, Prof. John Agada while Mrs. B.F. Shuaibu looks on.

The National Library of Nigeria is to partner academic institutions in Nigeria in promoting and enhancing the global rating of research and academic journals in the country.

The National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer of the apex library, Prof. Lenrie O. Aina stated this when he received in audience, the University Librarian of the Benue State University, Makurdi, Prof. John Agada. According to the National Librarian, there are so many journals emanating from the country which are not captured in the world research output. According to Prof. Aina, only five out of 217 journals published in Nigeria, are captured by “Web of Science” while “Scopus” which seem to be magnanimous, only captures 27 out of this lot”.

He further informed his guest that on assumption of duty, he set it as priority, to partner with relevant stakeholders to reverse this trend and expressed happiness that someone else is equally thinking along that line.

Earlier on, the University Librarian, Prof. Agada who was on a courtesy visit to the National Librarian, stated that his visit was to seek the support and collaboration of the National Library of Nigeria in promoting the use of local journals in Nigerian Universities. He expressed worry over the reliance on foreign journals which are products of research carried out in and around those societies, when we have so many current local journals in and about the country.

The National Librarian promised the University Librarian of his utmost support as well as personal donations of back issues of some journals to the Benue State University.